Choosing Delicious and Safe Chinese Sausages for the Tet Holiday

Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is just around the corner. As part of the festive meal, Chinese sausage is almost always included. However, it can be difficult to choose and buy the right one. In this article from the Cooking Tips section, we'll be providing helpful tips on how to select and purchase fresh and delicious Chinese sausage for your Tet meal.


How to Identify Poor Quality Chinese Sausage

  • Poor quality Chinese sausages often lack product information on the packaging, have improper sealing, careless packaging, and are significantly cheaper than the market price.
  • Low-quality Chinese sausages may have overly bright colors and lack the characteristic aroma. The outer casing of the sausage may be moldy or slimy, and when touched, it feels soft.
  • In addition, the casing and meat inside the Chinese sausage may not be tightly packed together, or there may be black spots inside the meat when cut.

How to identify poor quality Chinese sausage

How to Choose Safe, Delicious, and High-Quality Chinese Sausage

About Color

Fresh Chinese sausages that are not colored with dyes or chemicals will have a pink or vibrant color, indicating the freshness of the meat and the use of safe spices and Mai Quế Lộ wine.

How to choose safe, delicious, and high-quality Chinese sausage

About Aroma

Good Chinese sausages, even when well-packaged, will still have the characteristic aroma of wine, spices, and peppercorns.

How to choose safe, delicious, and high-quality Chinese sausage

About the Quality of the Pig Intestine Casing

Good quality Chinese sausages will have a thin casing made from carefully processed pig intestines, resulting in no greasy or heavy smell. Dry casings may indicate a strong and unpleasant smell.

How to choose safe, delicious, and high-quality Chinese sausage

Check the Quality of the Meat Filling

High-quality Chinese sausages will have a firm texture, with the meat and casing tightly packed together. The meat will be smooth, evenly colored, and have a delicious aroma.

How to choose safe, delicious, and high-quality Chinese sausage

Check the Information on Packaging

Choose Chinese sausages with reputable brands, registered product quality, and carefully sealed packaging according to food safety regulations. Ensure the safety of your family’s health.

How to choose safe, delicious, and high-quality Chinese sausage

How to Store Chinese Sausage for a Long Time

For Fresh Chinese Sausage

Boil fresh Chinese sausage with coconut water over low heat until the coconut water is absorbed. Let it cool before refrigerating. This method allows for storage for 3-6 months. Alternatively, store in a cool and ventilated place or in the refrigerator compartment for 30 days to 1 month.

How to store Chinese sausage for a long time

For Dried Chinese Sausage

Instead of refrigerating, spray dried Chinese sausage with white wine and store in a tightly sealed jar for up to 6 months. Alternatively, place a cup of white wine in the center of a tray or box and arrange the dried sausages around it to repel insects and store for a long time while maintaining their aroma.

I hope these tips for identifying and choosing safe and delicious Chinese sausages, as well as storing them properly, will help you make the best choices for your family during the Tet holiday. Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous new year!